Connect Domestic Violence & Abuse Helpline

403.234.SAFE (7233)  
About Us

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A community free from family violence and abuse.



We are here to support individuals, families, and communities to live free from family violence and abuse.



  • Creating Safety and Healing Together: We believe it is a privilege to participate with individuals and families on the journey of creating safety and healing.

  • Social Redress: We believe upholding the dignity of victims and supporting perpetrators to change is central to restoring individual and community well-being.

  • Language Matters: We believe using accurate language to describe violence and clarify responsibility has the power to achieve social justice.

  • Collaboration: We believe that one agency cannot stop family violence alone.

  • Leadership:  We believe in using evidence and practice experience to prevent family violence while ensuring a healthy culture and organization.

  • Social Change: We believe that all of us are change-makers and can influence our environment so that children and adults can feel safe and be provided opportunities to thrive.


2020-2023 Strategic Plan – Standing for Change


Historical Timeline

In 1973, a group of visionary women opened a small volunteer-run shelter for women and families in Calgary. The following year, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter registered as a charity, formally taking over the operations. Since our origins in a 13-bed facility in the Beltline area, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter has expanded to serve over 15,000 Calgarians annually.    

View the Chronological History of the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter.

Connect Domestic Violence & Abuse Helpline
403.234.SAFE (7233)
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